Born in Watford in 1927, Terry Scott was the son of a retired postman, who ran a corner shop. Trained as an accountant, Scott served first in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, before embarking on an acting career. His early acting experience was gained in seaside repertory companies in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria and other British resorts.
He soon found his roots in comedy, and like many young comedians at the time, moved swiftly to the BBC and performed on radio with the likes of fellow Carry On-er, Bob Monkhouse. From a less-than successful start in radio, Scott went on to perform in pubs, clubs, revue and pantomimes, before teaming up with Bill Maynard. campingstill14.jpg (8795 bytes)
The double act landed a TV sitcom; Great Scott, It's Maynard in which the two shared a flat. The show ended when Maynard decided to pursue a straight acting career.
Scott found greater success in his second attempt at radio, performing alongside Frankie Howerd and Charles Hawtrey (with whom he was later to team up with in the Carry Ons; all in all, he appeared in 7 of the films), and returned to television in 1962, starring alongside Hugh Lloyd in the hugely successful Hugh & I. The sitcom proved so popular that it eventually ran for 7 seasons, culminating in the pair's appearance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium
Scott's third long-term team up was even more enduring. He first worked with June Whitfield in 1969, in the Scott On... series, in which they played out a number of domestic sketches. The two created a more lasting relationship five years later with the sitcom Happy Ever After, which later became Terry & June; one of the longest running sitcoms of all time. Before the show finally reached a close, the couple had filmed over 13 seasons and well over 100 episodes.
After the cancellation of Terry & June, Scott went into semi-retirement, appearing occasionally on television and stage. Following a prolonged illness, Scott died of cancer on 26 July 1994 at the age of 67.